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London’s University College Hospital warns it is on brink of treating ONLY coronavirus patients

Two of Britain’s busiest hospitals were in crisis on Thursday – with one warning it is on the brink of being able to treat Covid patients only and the other saying it was in ‘disaster medicine mode’.  As the UK declared a record-high 55,892 coronavirus cases and almost 1,000 more deaths, the chief executive of University […]

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Strolling free: Couple ‘who had their adopted son, 11, killed for £150,000 insurance payout’

Walking home from a spot of Christmas shopping, former Heathrow Airport workers Arti Dhir and Kaval Raijada looked like they hadn’t a care in the world. Free to do as they please, the couple can pop from their West London council flat to the post office or gym without so much as raising an eyebrow. […]

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Australia wakes up after a very different New Year’s celebration

Sydneysiders have marked the start of 2021 with an early-morning dip at the city’s most iconic beach after a night of restricted celebrations. Revellers splashed their way into the New Year at Bondi Beach, in the eastern suburbs, on Friday morning after the city rung in January 1 with a shortened fireworks display on a […]

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Brainteasers in our literary quiz… which could win you £1,000!

YOUR STARTER FOR TEN  1 Which senior Labour minister of a few years ago has written four volumes of memoirs, each of them named after a Beatles song? 2 Who, in 2018, became the first ever Booker Prize winner to come from Northern Ireland? 3 Which office has been held by Quentin Blake, between 1999 […]

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JAN MOIR’S heroes and villains of 2020

The headline on the front page of the Daily Mail on January 24 hinted at what was to come. ‘Is the killer virus already here?’ we wondered. It certainly was — and unknown to everyone back then, it was here to stay. This has been a year like no other, with an unpredictable pandemic plunging […]

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Britain’s £10 TRILLION price tag includes £1.9trn of housing, figures reveal

Britain would have a price tag of more than £10trillion if the entire country and everything in it went up for sale, official figures have revealed. The astonishing sum of £10,049,743,000,000 was calculated by the Office for National Statistics.  The figure includes the value of all buildings, land, machinery, roads, the shares we own and the […]

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ALEX BRUMMER: Where’s the honour in dodging taxes? 

The New Year’s honours list is meant to be an inspiring tribute to the nation’s ingenuity and selfless public service.  We can all applaud the many pandemic heroes on the 2021 list but there are good reasons to question some of the most prominent names. Knighthood: As a result of an administrative error, when Dave […]

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Heroes and villains of UK boardrooms: Who earned their pay in 2020? 

Heroes:  Pascal Soriot, Astrazeneca  Even before the pandemic struck, Astra’s chief executive was being hailed for leading the successful transformation of the British drugs giant from laggard to industry leader. Hero: Astrazeneca boss Pascal Soriot has put the company – and Britain – at the forefront of science again through its groundbreaking vaccine partnership with Oxford […]

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Elon Musk offloads another three more properties in Bel Air

Elon Musk has sold three more homes in Los Angeles‘ ritzy Bel Air neighborhood, following through with his vow earlier this year to ‘own no house’.  The three neighboring properties on an exclusive cul-de-sac, which sold for a combined $40.9 million, all closed between December 21 and 22, according to the Los Angeles Times. The identity […]

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Man, 43, charged with causing Wythenshawe house explosion

The moment an explosion ripped through a terraced home was revealed in footage on Thursday as a man was charged with causing the blast.  Greater Manchester Police officers were called to a report of a blast at the property, in Wythenshawe, at 12.20am on Wednesday morning. Clinton Parren, 43, is accused of causing an explosion […]